Friday, 17 January 2014

Multi-family residential

Multi-family residential (also known as Multi-dwelling unit or MDU) is a categorization of housing where many separate housing units for residential (i.e. non-commercial) occupants are enclosed within one building or numerous buildings within one complex. A general form is an apartment building. Sometimes units in a multi-family residential building are condominiums, where usually the units are possessed independently instead of leased from a single apartment building possessor. Many deliberate groups of people include multi-family residences, such as in cohousing projects.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Multi-family residential

Multi-family residential is a classification of housing where multiple separate housing units for residential inhabitants are contained within one building or several buildings within one complex. A common form is an apartment building. Sometimes units in a multi-family residential building are condominiums, where typically the units are owned individually rather than leased from a single apartment building owner. Many intentional communities incorporate multi-family residences, such as in cohousing projects.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Womble Carlyle

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, established in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1876, is one of the largest business law firms in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Currently, Womble Carlyle has twelve offices: Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greensboro, Research Triangle Park and Raleigh, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Greenville, South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; Tysons Corner, Virginia; Washington, DC; Wilmington, Delaware; and Silicon Valley, California. The firm’s growth has matched the economic growth and evolution of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.

Tuesday, 20 September 2005

The Watergate as mixed-use development?

Well, it wasn't exactly mixed use as we know it today, but a fascinating article in the May 2006 issue of On Site, a new D.C. real estate magazine, says the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., "brought together hotel, office, retail and residential uses on one site, resulting in the first private-initiative planned unit development in the city." Interesting.

In any case, the article, entitled "The Mod Squad," discusses the difficulty that preservationists have had in obtaining historic landmark status for buildings like the Watergate complex that are less than 50 years old. The Watergate, on Virginia Avenue N.W. near the Potomac River, was built between 1960 and 1971. Eventually, the city's Historic Preservation Review Board did grant landmark status to the Watergate, but the process wasn't without difficulty. The vote may have been helped along, of course, by the complex's unique role in American history as the starting point of the 1970s Watergate scandal that brought down a president.

The complex does include a variety of uses, but its rather forbidding design does not creat a "walkable multi-level live-work-play neighborhood loaded with stimulating and engaging pedestrian-level detail," a good contemporary definition of today's mixed-use projects.

On Site, incidentally, is a new glossy quarterly magazine put out as a supplement to the Washington Business Journal. It is entirely devoted to the D.C. real estate world.